With rising chorus for boycott of Chinese goods, the discord with China isn’t limited to one part of the world.
Over the last few years, we have seen an overtly hostile China taking on many countries at the same time world at large has turned vary of the country. But why?
From the Indian perspective, the Chinese intruded deep into the Indian side of the LAC and have now receded to some extent, which still leaves quite a bit of Indian territory beneath their feet. The position would get frozen and become the new LAC, if total disengagement is not immediately followed by a complete reversion to status quo ante. But to get China to agree to that would be far more difficult for India than bringing about a de-escalation.
No major military conflict has taken place between India and China since the Nathu La and Cho La clashes in September 1967. The current military confrontation is a sharp departure from a half-century-long stalemate on border issues despite differences over the exact demarcation of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is the apparent cause of the current conflict.
Chinese border troops of the PLA are not known to act on their own accord. For a country that forcefully bans the use of social media tools for even civilians, how can PLA troops escalate tensions when negotiations for de-escalation are ongoing?
The Indian and Chinese armies face each other in an eye ball to eye ball confrontation yet again. Despite the recent thaw in relations after Xi Jingping’s Mamallapuram visit, the Dragon is now marking territory in the lofty heights of the Himalayas.